Robert Plant Is Still The Stuff Of Legends And He Showed It At Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/24/18
“… I found it slightly odd that Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters wasn’t the featured headlining act to close out the weekend’s festivities. After all, it’s Robert Plant we’re talking about. Lead singer of Led Zeppelin and one of the greatest rock and roll vocalists of all time … OF ALL TIME! He is a living legend, so I would have thought that he would be the finale for Arroyo Seco Weekend.
But as many of the attendees probably had to go back to work early next morning, perhaps the earlier set time was all by specific design, letting the young ‘uns who were still on summer vacation from school/college rock the night away with Kings Of Leon later in the evening, while giving their elders an out to get back home for a good night’s sleep.
At 69, Robert Plant is still as rock and roll as they come. Performing a set that included songs from his solo career (“The May Queen”, “Carry Fire”, “Turn It Up”) Led Zeppelin classics (“The Lemon Song”, “What Is And What Should Never Be”, “Four Sticks”) and various covers (Joan Baez’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” and Bukka White’s “Fixin’ To Die” among others), it was a performance that gave his fans a little bit of everything.
It was absolutely appropriate that he performed Led Zeppelin’s “Going To California”. In fact, everything he did on stage seemed appropriate. Whether he was swinging his mic stand around or undulating to the rhythms to a song as if he was summoning spirits from his guitarist’s instrument, he presence on stage was absolutely mesmerizing. It’s a presence that only a man of Robert Plant’s stature can exude. It’s the stuff of legends …”